What do you love about FIDI?
The way our big-city neighborhood really feels like a small-town. We know each other, help each other and share our passion for downtown living. When you discover a co-worker or acquaintance lives downtown – it automatically brings you a degree closer.
What is your favorite restaurant? What is your favorite dish there?
We love Cowgirl Seahorse! The atmosphere is so fun. The fish tacos are the best! And their margaritas are spot-on.
Your favorite coffee shop or bar?
I love having a cocktail at The Trading Post – finding a little nook or hide-away table – or switching between the upstairs or downstairs bars. Plus – their selection of liquor is incredible.
Your favorite outdoor activity?
On any given day, neighbors will see me chasing my twin two-year-olds through the ‘hood, usually with my dappled dachshund in tow. Our favorite spot is the promenade along the East River – out on the piers and trying to avoid the bicycles on the shared path. Fortunately, neighbors frequently pitch in to help me save my little darlings.
What does our neighborhood need?
Flood protection. Local, state and federal authorities are not taking seriously our neighborhood’s vulnerability. We need immediate short-term plans to protect the Seaport and FiDi (rapidly deployable barriers?) and a solid, long-term plan that will keep our neighborhood safe from another disaster like Sandy.
On a Sunday afternoon I like to…
Make a big pot of chicken chili and have friends over to enjoy a casual supper. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend.
And for fun…
What’s your favorite song?
My favorite song is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – as sung by my twins. Though I admit, it’s getting a little old. I’m ready for them to move on to Old McDonald Had A Farm. (I tried Adele on them recently. It didn’t go well.)
What would be your last meal on Earth??
Last meal on Earth would be pasta with freshly shaved truffles. Obviously. (Though if I knew it was to be my last meal… could I really eat? I’m skeptical)
What can’t you leave home without?
Can’t leave home without my keys. I’ve done it. On multiple occasions. And it’s never fun to get back in.
Contessa Brewer is a nationally-recognized news anchor, tv host, journalist, narrator and speaker. You can see her on CBS News and its digital network CBSN. She’s also the long-time host of Caught on Camera on MSNBC. She moved to the Seaport when the Fulton Fish Market was still in operation and is a huge advocate for the neighborhood.